Monday 19 March 2018

Jamie turns swashbuckler for new role

Jamie Dornan in 'New Worlds'
Jamie Dornan in 'New Worlds'
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'FIFTY Shades of Grey' actor Jamie Dornan relished unleashing his "inner Robin Hood" for his latest swashbuckling role in Channel 4 period drama 'New Worlds'.

Set in the 1680s, it's the follow-up to Channel 4's 2008 English civil war mini-series 'The Devil's Whore', which starred Dominic West and Michael Fassbender.

Dornan plays the part of outlaw leader Abe in 'New Worlds'; a man who steals from the rich to give to the poor.

"Being an outlaw was great fun," Dornan said. "I am probably stuck in some transition period from boy to man, but I loved all that running through woods with guns, arrows, unwashed hair and your band of mates. It's indulging your inner Robin Hood."

Dornan, who started out as a model, has landed several impressive roles in the past 18 months; from Paul Spector in hit BBC drama 'The Fall' to Christian Grey in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. "I like playing characters who are passionate about something," he explains.

"In the case of Paul Spector, that is the act of hunting and killing and covering up his crime. Obviously it is a very different motivation with Abe. It is exciting to play such strong characters."

Shot last year, 'New Worlds' begins on April 1 and also stars 'Game of Thrones' actor Michael McElhatton.

"We did it before all the 'Fifty Shades' madness set in," McElhatton said. "It's a period drama set in the 16th Century. Jamie's a great guy to work with."

Irish Independent

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